Workers of the Revolution:
It's time to ride the People's Subway!
The dixia tielu (known by the locals as the dittie), means the
underground iron road. A similar definition, hiro den, or "iron road",
exists in Japan.
The term qinggui denotes light rail,
while the term kuaigui refers to a higher
speed rail, i.e. an interurban, but not a subway.
Official policy states that only one transit system is allowed per
city, but they can have as many lines as they wish. Cities trying to build more than one are forced to abortl
the project. Things are rapidly changing in the home of the People's
Subway, as cities build hundreds of kilometers of fresh new subways,
light rails, monorails, and monosubways. Presently there
are 11 Chinese cities with subways, but look out:
more applicants clamoring to build their own collective,
happy system. It is expected that by 2020, China will have metros in 50 cities stretching 6,000 km! As for the
imperialist tramways, many still exist today.
Of particular noble mention for those researching Chinese metros is Tracking China.
For general, non-subway-specific information, be sure to check out Railways of China.
Metros are also planned for Changzhou
LRT*. A list of Chinese metro cities on Wikipedia, the ultimately reliable source for metros, can be found here.
And deserving honorable mention is the planned 3D bus, a monstrous bus designed to drive over cars, which resembles a massive road subway.
Brief China Radio
International feature about
trams in China.
China Metro home page - metro news throughout the Middle Kingdom
railways of China
Future - a site dedicated to systems in China,
Korea and Japan
And remember, if you don't have the ability or good fortune of being able to visit China, a ride on New York City's 7 train is the next best thing.